For Immediate Release

Cabinet reshuffle shows desperation

Kuala Lumpur, 28 July 2015 – Following the cabinet reshuffle announced today, IDEAS Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan issued the following statement:

“It is not surprising that the Prime Minister wants to reshuffle the cabinet. No Prime Minister can afford to have cabinet members who criticise him publicly.  And the concept of collective responsibility demands that all cabinet members must be with the Prime Minister or step down.”

“The problem however is with the timing and the way this reshuffle was done. Instead of providing good answers to the many criticisms, the Prime Minister has chosen to remove his critics. But the questions are still left unanswered. Even worse, the reshuffle was done together with the removal with the one person who has complete discretion whether or not to prosecute those involved in alleged wrongdoings related to 1MDB. The timing and the way this reshuffle was done seem to imply that the Prime Minister wants only to silence his critics and to stop any possible criminal prosecution.”

“What happens to UMNO now depends on how Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reacts to this sacking. If Muhyiddin initiates the steps to call for an Extraordinary General Meeting of UMNO to call a vote of no confidence against Najib, then we can expect a serious war within the party. But he also has the option of waiting for the next parliamentary sitting and initiating a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister in parliament. This too would create a serious and unprecedented crisis in the country.”

“This move indicates desperation. It is a bad move for the country and raises questions about the integrity of the government. I fear the impact on our sociopolitical and economic environment. “

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IDEAS is Malaysia’s first think-tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges. We are an independent not-for-profit organisation. As a cross-partisan think tank, we work across the political spectrum. Our purpose is to advance market-based principles, and we are not bound by party politics, race or religion.

Our mission is to improve the level of understanding and acceptance of public policies based on the principles of rule of law, limited government, free markets and free individuals. For more information, please visit http://ideas.org.my/

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Media enquiries:
IDEAS (+60-3) 6201 8896/ 8897
Wan Saiful Wan Jan: wansaiful@ideas.org.my

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